The Barnes Foundation was established by Albert C. Barnes in 1922 to "promote the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts and horticulture." The Barnes holds one of the premier collections of post-impressionist and early modern paintings, featuring works by Renoir, Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso, and Modigliani; American masters such as Demuth, Glackens, Pippin, and Prendergast; alongside old master paintings; African sculpture; American paintings and decorative arts; antiquities from the Mediterranean region and Asia; and Native American ceramics, jewelry, and textiles.
An exhibition and newly commissioned performance recontextualize the life and work of Black American sculptor William Edmondson (1874–1951), repositioning his artistic practice within the early 20th-century art world. Edmondson was the first Black artist to have a solo exhibition at MoMA, but the self-taught artist is typically presented in an “outsider art” context. Curators and scholars add nuance and context to the artist’s legacy, motivations, and relationship with the art world. A new performance created by Brendan Fernandes, a Chicago-based artist working at the intersection of dance and visual art, responds to Edmondson’s work and themes of cultural displacement and identity. A catalogue with scholarly essays accompanies the exhibition.
The total grant amount represents project funding plus an additional 20% in unrestricted general operating support.